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A Saint reading ; on his right stands a bishop

Drawing
early 15th century (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Chalk and wash drawing of a saint reading; to his right stands a bishop.
read Perugino, and his rediscovery by the Pre-Raphaelites Pietro Vannucci (about 1450 – 1523), known as Perugino, was one of the most successful and influential artists of the Italian Renaissance.
Object details
Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Chalk and wash on paper.
Brief description
Drawing, St Anthony of Padua, after Pietro Perugino, Florentine school, early 15th century

Physical description
Chalk and wash drawing of a saint reading; to his right stands a bishop.
Dimensions
  • Height: 10 1/8in (Note: Measurement from: Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1919, London: Printed Under the Authority of His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1921)
  • Width: 5 1/8in (Note: Measurement from: Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1919, London: Printed Under the Authority of His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1921)
Credit line
Bernard H. Webb Bequest.
Subjects depicted
Bibliographic references
  • Ward-Jackson, Peter, Italian Drawings. Volume I. 14th-16th century, London, 1979, p. 20 The following is the full text of the entry: after PERUGINO, PIETRO (c. 1445-1523) 15 St Anthony of Padua standing and reading a book, with a bishop or abbot at his side Inscribed on the back in pencil in Bernard Webb's hand 'Wellesley and Knowles Collection. Perugino' Pen and ink and wash, the outlines in the figure of St Anthony strengthened by a later hand in black chalk 10 ¼ x 5 1/4 (260 x 133) E.4023-1919 PROVENANCE Dr H. Wellesley: (sale, Sotheby, 25 June 1866, lot 1096, as by Timoteo Viti, 'a monk, full length, a book in his hand, a bishop apparently listening to him,6 x 10 1/2 in', bought by Salting); Salting (presumably George Salting); Sir J. Knowles (sale, Christie, 27 May 1908, lot 158, as Perugino, from Wellesley Collection, bought by Webb for £3); Bernard H. Webb Bequest 1919 The figure of St Anthony corresponds with the figure of the same saint in a drawing in the Uffizi (no. 108; O. Fischel, 'Die Zeichnungen der Umbrer' in Prussian Jahrbuch, 1917, p. 22, pl. 6, and ibid, Beiheft no. 1, p. 28, no. 27). Another drawing in the Uffizi, a copy after Perugino, shows the same figure again (illustrated in Fischc1, lac. cit., p. 22, fig. 23). Neither of these drawings shows the second figure of a bishop or abbot. The inference is that our drawing was probably copied from another drawing, or possibly from a lost painting.
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1919, London: Printed Under the Authority of His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1921
Collection
Accession number
E.4023-1919

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